At Leeds Beckett we are committed to gender identity equality and value the diversity of our university community.
Our Code of Practice on Trans Equality and Gender Identity sets out our responsibilities for trans students and staff. We also provide guidance which outlines good practice to support staff who are transgender or who see their gender outside of the gender binary of male and female. We have developed guidance for supporting trans students, which outlines the ways in which the university can support a student who is transitioning and practicalities such as name changes.
It is up to the member of staff or student to choose whether to disclose their gender identity and to whom. We respect the confidentiality of all Trans staff and students and will not reveal information without the prior agreement of the individual. We provide guidance to support staff through transition and a personal support plan should be developed with the staff member. We ensure that staff undergoing surgery or attending identity clinics, voice therapy or hormone treatment specialists are given the time to do so. Similarly, the guidance for students will also include a support plan and provide information on time away from studies for the aforementioned procedures and appointments a transitioning student may require.
There is a dedicated contact person in Student Services to offer support and information to trans students at Leeds Beckett. Please contact Beth Fadden: email@example.com
You can get support with:
- Changing your official or 'known as' name, title or gender on your student record.
- Changing your e-mail address and student card.
- Communicating with your academic School with regards to preferred name or pronouns.
- Referral to external and internal organisations for peer support and information.
- Issues around accommodation, wellbeing or any other concerns.
The University has a number of gender-neutral toilets across both campuses. Where gendered toilets or changing facilities are provided, Trans staff, students and visitors are entitled to use the toilets and facilities according to their self-identified gender.
Our Rainbow Rose Forum is our LGBT network for matters related to sexual orientation equality and is open to all staff and students. The purpose of the Forum is:
- To provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment in which to discuss issues relating to sexual orientation including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) identity;
- To provide support and networking and share best practice across all equality strands;
- To assist in the monitoring and reporting on compliance with equality and diversity legislation and good practice;
- To contribute to the development of policies directly relating to equality and diversity, and those which indirectly affect equality and diversity issues through the equality impact assessment process.